I had a surgery back in August that has given me some quality reflection time. I have been writing down my thoughts and a couple friends encouraged me to share my thoughts with others who may enjoy reading my reflective thoughts, so here I am. I hope those who read my writings will enjoy them
Sunday, June 15, 2014
May We Have The Courage to Come Boldly unto Christ
I just listened to a Women’s Conference address by Sister Strathearn.
Her talk was given May of 2014.
I wrote down some key points she made that spoke to me and I would like to
share with you.
She opened with this profound question,
Do we allow our fears to replace our faith when it
comes to our spiritual progression?
She went on to talk about
the Children of Israel and why they were not permitted into the
promised-land.In Hebrews 3:19: “So we see that they could not
enter because of unbelief.”
Sis. S quoted D&C 84:23-24 and emphasized, “Moses
plainly taught the Children of Israel…and sought diligently to sanctify his
people that they might see the face of God; but they hardened their hearts and
could not endure his presence;…” She then talked about the afflictions
the children of Israel faced and then commented,
“All of these incidents all
emphasize the physical challenges the Israelite's faced and their immature
understanding of God and His plan for them."
How often do we have an immature understanding of God's plan for us?
"The Israelite's refused the opportunity to enter the presence of God because
they allowed their fears of the thundering’s and lightening’s to cast out their
faith. Faith to believe the Lord’s Prophet
when he taught then they could see God and enter His presence. It was a
fear to move to a higher spiritual level, it was a fear to have God come and live
How often do we let our fears of our "thundering's and lightening's " cast out our faith?
“Do we sometimes allow fear to prevent us from
hastening the work of our personal salvation by fearing to move to a higher
level of consecration? King Benjamin
taught we are eternally indebted to our Heavenly Father to render to Him all
that we have and all that we are.”
How do we render "all that we have and are?
Sis. S. suggested we do that by allowing our will to be swallowed up in our Father’s
will as Jesus did.
Elder Neal A Maxwell made this profound comment: “So many of us are kept from eventual consecration
because we mistakenly think that somehow by letting our will be swallowed up in
the will of God, we lose our individuality.
What we are really worried about of course is not giving up self but
rather selfish things. Like our roles,
our time, our preeminence, our possessions, no wonder we are instructed by the
Savior to “lose ourselves.” (Luke
9:24) He is only asking us to lose our
old self in order to find the new self.
This is part of what Benjamin’s sermon is all about to put off the
natural man in order to come into our Spiritual inheritance; so it is not a question
of losing one’s identity but of finding it.”
Sis S. challenged us to “Let us therefore come
boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and grace to help in
time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
She shared the invitation that the Savior
issued, “Come, all those who are heavy laden…”
She continued to visit with us about how the Savior better than anyone
understood our challenges and heartaches because "He had faced what we are
called to face and more."
She then quoted
this comment from a bible commentary,
“Jesus does not merely contemplate our weakness from a safe distance. He knows what it is like, for he came where
we are and underwent temptations just as we do…His temptations were greater
than ours because He did not yield. The
only person who knows the full force of given temptations is the one who resists
it right to the end. The one who gives
in at some point along the way does not know the fierceness of the temptation
that would follow at a later point. But
Jesus did not give in. He knows all the power and all the
force of temptation, not
only the small part sinners who give way know.”
She then invited us to “come boldly unto Christ. With this instruction, "No matter where we are in our
individual spiritual journeys the invitation to come is the call to have the Courage to strive for
something more, the Courage not to settle for spiritual mediocrity, the Courage to pay the price
to enter the presence of God. Our
Father sent us here to become Gods and Goddesses.
get stuck at the base of your Mount Sinai.”
She then closed with these words, “Because of Christ’s
Atonement we can move forward with confidence knowing that He understands better
than any High Priest (see Hebrews 4:14-6) the difficulty and challenges we face along
the say. When
we come boldly we can find grace when we need it most.”
May we all have the courage to “come boldly unto the
throne of mercy and grace.”